Details on the Unreleased Randy Travis “Storms of Life” Tracks
Word came down in June that to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the release of Randy Travis’s debut album Storms of Life, a new 35th Anniversary Edition had been compiled to be issued on September 24th. Along with remastering the original 10 tracks of the now Triple Platinum-selling record, the new edition would also come with three previously-unreleased tracks. But aside from the track names, we didn’t have any more information on what these previously-unreleased tracks were.
Any unheard music from Randy Travis is considered precious since a stroke in 2013 afflicted Randy with aphasia, making it difficult for him to speak. Since then many fans have been wondering if there were any unreleased recordings from Randy’s heyday just sitting in the archives waiting to be discovered. Well, when it comes to the three new songs to be released on the new Storms of Life edition, that’s exactly what they are.
Recorded in 1985 around the time of the rest of the Storms of Life album, the three unreleased songs slide perfectly into the original track list. Why they were left on the cutting house floor in the first place is anyone’s guess, but they capture Randy Travis in peak form, brought to life by producer Kyle Lehning.
“These three unreleased, never before heard Randy Travis recordings are like rambling around in your basement and stumbling on an old photo album,” says Kyle Lehning. “An album full of pictures of old friends and family. Some still with us and some long gone. Upon opening the album, the memories rush back full force. The smells, the feel and the sounds all awakened and new again.”
“Carryin’ Fire” was written by Red Lane, Jim Ray, Sam Beck, and is a slow tempo waltz-timed love song. It sounds like it could have been a hit single if it was released in 1986 with the rest of Storms of Life.
“Ain’t No Use” written by Randy Travis with John Lindley is a lot more up-tempo, and could have been a hit as well. Long-time Randy Travis fans will recognize this song as the lead track off of Randy’s 1982 live album from The Nashville Palace when he was still washing dishes in the place and going by the name of Randy Ray. This studio version is a much more polished version of the song.
And “The Wall” written by Lee Fry, Jim Sales, and Phil Thomas is a stone cold country heartbreaker. Though a little more contemporary for the time in the musical approach, it still fits with the neotraditional sound that Randy helped re-popularize when he released Storms of Life in 1986.
“I love the timeless lyrics and the traditional country instruments, like steel guitar, banjo, piano, fiddle,” Travis says about the album. “It was music I believed in, that told a story I wanted to share. We were fortunate to have a large catalog of songs to choose from that were more traditional. At the time, people and radio really weren’t playing this kind of music. Most people were recording more of an urban cowboy sound, so I got to choose from the best of the best, cream of the crop. It was exciting for all of us to get back to our roots.”
You will be able to hear all three of the unreleased songs along with the remastered original tracks on September 24th. Storms of Life 35th Anniversary Edition will be available for pre-order on August 27th.
1. “On The Other Hand” (Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz)
2. “The Storms of Life” (Max D. Barnes, Troy Seals)
3. “My Heart Cracked (But It Did Not Break)” (Ronny Scaife, Don Singleton, Phil Thomas)
4. “Diggin’ Up Bones” (Al Gore, Paul Overstreet, Nat Stuckey)
5. “No Place Like Home” (Paul Overstreet)
6. “1982” (Buddy Blackmon, Vip Vipperman)
7. “Send My Body” (Randy Travis)
8. “Messin’ With My Mind” (Joseph Allen, Charlie Williams)
9. “Reasons I Cheat” (Randy Travis)
10. “There’ll Always Be A Honky Tonk Somewhere” (Steve Clark, Johnny MacRae)
11. “Carryin’ Fire” [from the vault] (Red Lane, Jim Ray, Sam Beck)
12. “Ain’t No Use” [from the vault] (Randy Travis, John Lindley)
13. “The Wall” [from the vault] (Lee Fry, Jim Sales, Phil Thomas)
August 14, 2021 @ 9:47 am
If these unreleased songs are anything like Fools Love Affair, we are in for a treat.
August 14, 2021 @ 9:54 am
I’m surprised by the omission of what I would have considered a must include song on this forthcoming Anniversary Edition. When “On The Other Hand” was released as a single in the summer of 1985 (almost a year before “Storms Of Life” was released), I was so taken with that song that I purchased the 45 rpm single. “On The Other Hand” struggled to make it to 67 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and then fell off completely. It was reissued after the success of “1982” and became a hit. The “B” side of that record was “Can’t Stop Now,” cowritten by the great Gary Nicholson and Wendy Waldman. Readers might recognize the song from the version done by New Grass Revival a couple years later that received a ton of airplay and an accompanying video. Loved Randy’s take on this tune and feel like it definitely should have been on the new edition of this classic and important record.
August 14, 2021 @ 10:53 am
I would like to hear that. “Storms of Life” is one of my favorite albums. Might have to go buy this new one to get those 3 songs. There are a lot of hidden treasures on the B side of 45 rpm vinyl. Patty Loveless has a song on her first 45 B side that isn’t on any album. It’s on the “Lonely Days, Lonely Nights” 45 called “Country I’m Coming Home to You”.
August 14, 2021 @ 11:07 am
Randy Travis’ version of “Can’t Stop Now” doesn’t show up on YouTube, so I don’t know where to point you to find it. Other versions of this song were released by the Maines Brothers, Reba McEntire, Shenandoah, String Cheese Incident and both of the cowriters of the song.
August 14, 2021 @ 2:45 pm
The Storms of Life is one of the best written and performed songs in Country Music history. PERIOD!
August 14, 2021 @ 4:49 pm
All I need from this article is “It sounds like it could have been a hit single” “could have been a hit as well.” and “is a stone cold country heartbreaker.” September 24th can’t come fast enough.
August 14, 2021 @ 5:59 pm
I wish they would have put a fools love affair on this album
August 14, 2021 @ 8:11 pm
I must have the whole CD , I would love to meet Randy.
August 15, 2021 @ 7:20 am
Di – sighing & tapping foot.
Harda** day at work coming up.
Getting ready to jump in shower, head to church, then work.
Opened SCM & What. The. Hey …
Still no new “Country History X?”
What’s it gonna take?
A lot of us showing up on your front porch, spilling out onto the lawn, with gas soaked, flaming cat-tails? And homemade chocolate chip cookies. : D
(You have to admit – cat-tail torches are a lot cooler cooking than your garden variety “fancy” torches) They throw a cool blue flame. Tres’ cool
And we will go ahead & take care of this issue.
F off, bro.
You want to throw a tantrum, & come after Trigger? Get down, bang your fists on the floor and kick your legs?
Go for it, bro! Whatever trips your trigger.
Team SCM is here to back our boy.
We always look forward to the next round of Sunday night football when lesser teams throw the gauntlet.
Peace, love & all that.
And, Totally looking forward to the newly released material from Randy.
August 15, 2021 @ 2:51 pm
I love Randy Travis!! I can’t wait till the CD comes out because I’m surely going to get it. Where do you pre order it at? Randy is such a wonderful person!!!
August 15, 2021 @ 3:33 pm
They should have done a new double or even triple album like hits and rarities, they could’ve finally done a nice Randy compilation with all his hits and probably a full disc of b sides and unreleased rarities. I’m sure he needs the money, his wife really screwed him over. Poor guy
August 18, 2021 @ 4:34 am
Love Randy always have and so excited to hear a new release is coming.
August 23, 2021 @ 2:35 pm
“Carryin’ Fire” was recorded by Merle Haggard for his “That’s the Way Love Goes” record. It’s an ok song….which may explain why it didn’t make the cut for the original “Storms of Life” album.